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Frank Del Rio A Cpa Who In 2002 Founded One Cruise Line Is Ceo Of Prestige Cruise Holdings Which Had Record Year

Written by on January 10, 2013

In his school days, Frank Del Rio was a competitive runner. Today, he’s running two cruise lines, as chairman and CEO of Doral-based Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent corporation for Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

He learned how to run a business at Certified Vacations, where he was executive vice president for sales and marketing before leaving the company in 1993. His next stop was Renaissance Cruises, where, somewhat ironically, he was fired as co-CEO. Renaissance later went bankrupt.

In 2002, he founded Oceania Cruises with a group of investors, buying three ships that had belonged to Renaissance. In 2007, he and his partners sold a majority stake in Oceania to a private equity firm and the next year they acquired Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Today, the two cruise lines operate eight ships, including the company’s latest achievement, the Oceania Riviera, which recently began cruises from Port Miami. Mr. Del Rio says the company is going strong. "We just completed another record year," he said. "Except for a dip in 2009 following the unfortunate events surrounding the Great Recession, every year has been a record year."

Mr. Del Rio came to the US at age seven when his parents fled Cuba. They lived in Connecticut for nine years, but later settled in the Miami area. He married his high school sweetheart and they have two children.

Mr. Del Rio discussed his company and his career during an interview with Miami Today reporter Scott Blake aboard the Riviera while docked in MiamiTo read the full article and the rest of the Miami Today issue, GO TO e-MIAMI TODAY, an exact replica of the printed edition. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to e-MiamiToday. With the e-MiamiToday you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. –> Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail. If you are reading this in Miami Today’s “Online Archive” as an archived web page and would like to see the entire article that was published, call Miami Today, 305-358-2663 and ask for the Circulation Department.   Top Front Page About Miami Today Put Your Message in Miami Today Contact Miami Today © Copyright 2013 Miami Today designed and produced by Green Dot Advertising and Marketingvar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-4990655-1”);pageTracker._initData();pageTracker._trackPageview();